The glass-fronted bookcase entered the English cabinetmakers' repertoire about the mid-17th century, and the bookcase in one form or another has been an indispensable part of the civilized person's home ever since.The 17th century bookcase tended to be a glazed cabinet from plinth to pediment, with square glass panes. The later Stuart period saw the introduction of the bureau bookcase or the secretaire bookcase, where the bookshelves were double-heightened above a desk or cupboard base. Early bureau bookcases often had mirror or blind-panelled door fronts, although these have frequently been replaced with clear glass panes. During the Regency period, the fashion arose for small cabinet bookcases, rarely more than three feet in height, which left the walls clear for hanging prints and pictures, known in the trade as a 'dwarf bookcase'. Such bookcases were sometimes open at the front, others had elegant brass-grille doors, backed by pleated silk. A bookcase without doors is known in the trade as an 'open bookcase'. The revolving bookcase was invented during the 18th century. more...Small enough to stand on the floor beside a chair, it was an ideal companion for the bookworm, and is still being made. A large number of these were made from the 1930s to the 1950s for sale with a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. However in the market place revolving bookcases are scarce.In Australia bookcases tended to follow the fashionable British designs. The finest examples were made in cedar, sometimes veneered with rarer native species. Others, towards the later part of the colonial period, were made of pine, frequently stained or varnished, and featuring the typical Edwardian machine carvings in the pediments and lower door panels.
A large pine breakfront bookcase, 19th century, the extended cornice with rounded corners and dentil borders above a pair of arched glazed doors opening to shelving and a fitted writing compartment with a small drawer arrangement, pull out writing surfaces
A pair of Regency simulated rosewood open pine wall mounted Bookshelves, circa 1830. The curved shaped surmount above three shelves with carved 'S' shaped supports and waisted form back splats, 79 cm width x 16.5 cm depth x 88.5 cm height. Provenance: Purc
Gothic Bookcase: Cedar & pine in Pugin Gothic style. Hailing from central Victoria (purportedly Ballarat) c1880. Unusual castellated pediment & fitted with 2 internal drawers. Illustrated in 'Australian Furniture Pictorial History & Dictionary 1788-1938' b
A West Australian Government Railways two door glazed bookcase, c.1900, cedar and pine construction, having 2 upper glazed doors with adjustable shelves, and 2 drawers over lower 2 door cupboard, on a plinth base. Height 241 cm. Width 143 cm. Depth 64 cm
A 19th century Australian cedar and pine strung double depth bookcase, the ogee moulded corners above a plain frieze and a pair of square astragal glazed doors with single pine stringing enclosing three shelves with pine stringing above a pair of raised pa
Edwardian two door bookcase c.1900, mahogany and pine glazed upper doors, with two single drawers two door lower cupboard with carved motifs and bevelled glass mirror. Height 227 cm. Width 1200 cm. Depth 45 cm
A European bureau bookcase, in pine, the base with four drawers on bracket feet, the fall front opening to reveal a filled interior, the upper section with two panelled doors. Requires restoration. Height 200 cm width 103 cm Depth 53 cm
A European faux bamboo carved bookcase in pine, the substantial and decorative base with five drawers below a shaped marble top, the upper section with two glazed doors opening to an interior with three shelves surmounted by a shaped fixed pediment. Height
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